An arts council is a government or private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts mainly by funding local artists, awarding prizes, and organizing events. The Fresno Arts Council is the official agency of the City and County of Fresno that is tasked to promote the arts industry and Enrich Our Community’s Way of Life Through the Arts.
Our Mission and Purpose
The Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1979 under the name of the “Alliance for the Arts” by local artists, arts organizations and interested individuals who wished to create a voice for the arts in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
Our mission is to “enrich peoples lives through the arts.” Our purpose is to foster an arts community that recognizes and honors the contributions of its citizens to the arts; advocate to city, county, state and national institutions on issues of concern to valley artists; collaborate with community leaders, businesses, corporations, foundations and other arts organizations to bring artists and audiences together.
The Fresno Arts Council sponsors, promotes and encourages the arts throughout the city and county of Fresno and acts as an umbrella for artists and art organizations from all cultures and disciplines through advocacy, education, programs and services.
We are a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer board of directors and serve as the local partner to the California Arts Council. The Council solicits support from foundations, government and corporate funders, membership dues and private donations.
Programs and Services
- Arts in Education
- Art Hop – open galleries
- Technical assistance workshops
- United arts advocacy
- Local liaison for the California Arts Council
- City and County consultant for art in public places
- Annual Horizon Awards
- Annual Dining with the Artists
- Arts Alive in Agriculture! – Juried Exhibition
- Arts in Corrections
- Fiscal receivership for individual artists and arts groups
- Administration of the Cultural Enrichment Program arts fund
Why support the Fresno Arts Council? Arts programs and cultural activities serve to attract industry and other businesses to a community, resulting in growth and economic progress. It takes support from the private and public sectors to create and foster art and that is what we need from you—your support. We rely on individual, organization and business membership dues as well as event sponsorships as an integral part of our funding. Become part of the Fresno Arts Council and be an advocate for the education and promotion of the arts and humanities.
Board Members and Staff
The staff and board members of FAC consist of a diverse group of community leaders who are passionate in their own field as well as the advancement of the arts in Fresno County. Board members contribute their countless energies, time, and money to steer the Fresno Arts Council forward as stewards of the arts in the community.
Thomas Whit Ellis, President
Theatre Arts/CSU Fresno, MS 46
Fresno, CA 93740
Susan Hansen, Vice President
Sandra Garcia, Treasure
Office of Congressman Jim Costa
Leena Mendoza, M.S.
Caltrans, Program Project Management
Antoneya Banks Graves
Counselor, Chowchilla State Prison
Quentin E. Sanford
Broadway Media Distribution LP, President
All reside in Fresno County
Advisory Board Members
Coke Hallowell, (Patron) Retired Teacher
Jeffrey T. Roberts, (Philanthropy) Granville Properties
Joyce Aiken (Prof Emeritus, CSUF)
Julie Linxwiler, Retired Teacher/Artist,
Lilia Gonzáles Chávez, Executive Director
Julian Ramos, Program Coordinator
Jenny Martinez, Administrative Assistant
City Hall Preparator
Pablo Ruiz de Chavez